Service Pump & Supply joined other local businesses in sponsoring Westmorlapalooza, an summertime community event in the Westmoreland neighborhood of Huntington. There was plenty of sun, ice cream, and music, and SPS’s newly-formed dodgeball team made its debut in the annual Caged Dodgeball tournament on Saturday, July 15. The team’s not ready to go pro yet, but we’re already working on strategy for next year!
Patrick Farrell, president and owner of Service Pump & Supply, has been named to Marshall University’s Board of Governors by Governor Jim Justice. Patrick is one of three new Board members named to four-year terms. He is eager to bring to the table his experience and commitment to higher education as the university faces the challenges of significantly reduced state funding.
Service Pump & Supply’s president and owner Patrick Farrell has been recognized in The State Journal’s “2017 Who’s Who in West Virginia Business.” The article discusses Patrick’s service in the U.S. Air Force as a F-15 Strike Eagle weapons operator, his decision to leave his military career to return to West Virginia and make a difference in his hometown, and his vision of the future of the state.
Service Pump & Supply once catered almost exclusively to the coal industry, but recognizing the steady decline of the coal industry has led Patrick Farrell to diversify his business to gain a foothold in new markets. The company, which has well-established locations in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, recently expanded to southern Illinois.
Solving water problems has always been SPS’s main objective, and although work with the coal industry remains a significant part of the business, Service Pump has expanded into the oil and gas industry as well. “If there’s a water project going on somewhere, chances are Service Pump & Supply has a piece of it,” says Farrell.
Service Pump & Supply has purchased the building it currently occupies at 1111 Vernon St. in Westmoreland. The building was once owned by Coyne Textile, and in 2006 it was donated to the Wayne County Economic Development Authority (WCEDA). Service Pump & Supply began leasing the building in 2007 and has been a fixture of the community ever since.
WCEDA Executive Director Don Perdue noted the company’s commitment to the local economy. “We applaud Service Pump & Supply for remaining a stable provider of employment for Wayne County and West Virginia, and for cementing their desire to remain here by the purchase of the property.”
Service Pump & Supply president and owner Patrick Farrell used a commentary column in The State Journal to address the current economy of West Virginia and the Appalachian region, stressing the importance of investing in young talent to create a culture of entrepreneurship in the area.
U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins visited Service Pump & Supply to speak with president and owner Patrick Farrell during National Small Business Week. Farrell shared the company’s strategy for geographic diversification in the downturn of the coal industry. Service Pump has been headquartered in Huntington for more than 30 years with branches in Danville, WV, and Hazard, KY. In recent years, the company has added locations in Washington, PA, and southern Illinois.
In addition to plans for Service Pump’s future, the two discussed the changing economic landscape and the burdens placed on small businesses as a result of government regulations.